Functional Return-to-Duty Decision Making Post mTBI and Musculoskeletal Injury
Section: Federal PT Section
Session Code: FD-3B-6757
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Independence Salon D

Speaker(s):   Matthew Scherer, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  Laurie King, PT, PhD
  Mark Lester, PT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  Margaret (Maggie) Weightman, PT, PhD

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Current criteria to assess readiness to return to duty in a deployed or operational environment following mTBI with or without comorbid musculoskeletal injury are based primarily on clinical best practices and evidence from the sports literature. While military physical therapists in the deployed environment play a vital role in assessing servicemembers following concussion or musculoskeletal injury, current practice patterns may lack adequate sensitivity to objectively guide return-to-duty decision making. Recent advances in clinical and instrumented assessment techniques within the rehabilitation science community demonstrate significant promise for the optimization of return to function and participation-level performance in the operational community. Closing the gap between existing subjective or impairment-based assessments and more multifactorial, reliable, and valid performance-based metrics will require novel solutions that harness the strengths of clinical assessments and the sensitivity of emerging rehabilitation technologies.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe current standard of care return-to-duty assessments within Department of Defense physical therapist practice in the operational space.

2. Understand dual-task assessment and recent applications in warfighter functional assessment.

3. Discuss the role of instrumentation to assess balance and gait and how this may contribute to improved multifactorial performance assessment for the warfighter.

4. Understand the importance of high-demand ecological assessment techniques that incorporate sensor-based technology to examine movement and guide return-to-duty decision making.

CEU: 0.2

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